How to be a Small Group Leader When Church is Cancelled

How to be a Small Group Leader When Church is Cancelled

Remember the good old days when you could grab a bag of Doritos (cool-ranch fans, anyone?) and pass the open bag around your small group to munch on? Living dangerously and diving in with unwashed hands and all. Now we find ourselves living in a new reality of social distancing where you can’t share a high five or a table at a restaurant. You might not have the weekly gathering in a building like you used to, but you still have a small group of students who need encouragement and connection... Read More
How to Help Volunteers Have Conversations About Sexual Integrity

How to Help Volunteers Have Conversations About Sexual Integrity

Have you ever had one of those insightful moments that changes the way you approach a topic in your ministry? I did just last year when I spoke with the volunteers in our student and children’s ministry about sexual integrity.  Our Next Gen team asked me to spend an evening helping our volunteers navigate the often-complicated world of sexual integrity with children and students. No big deal. I speak and write on the subject all the time.  But this time was different.  Why Our Volunteers... Read More
Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership

Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership

Small groups are great. And then the people show up. It might not become apparent on that first, exciting night. But at some point, you will hit a wall of tensions and challenges that no amount of prayer, training, or biblical study can prepare you for. When you navigate the challenges well, you create a safe place for community and growth. A safe place for struggling marriages. For questioning millennials. For exhausted parents. For the successful business person who is facing his or her... Read More
Developing Leadership in Your Volunteers

Developing Leadership in Your Volunteers

Do you remember the first time you volunteered? Maybe it was to coach a baseball team, to lead a small group, to help out at a thrift store, or even to help rescue abandoned pets. Do you remember the training you received or the support you got from the person who enlisted you? If you were trained and coached well, you probably have fond memories. If you were just left to sink or swim on your own—well, we all have horror stories we could tell. In churches, volunteers are the lifeblood of any... Read More
Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

“As a church, we should invest in insiders, but prioritize outsiders.” Jeff Henderson tweeted this not long ago. It packs a powerful punch to the everyday choices we make in ministry. It’s easy for us to think, yeah, of course I do that . . . the vision of our ministry is blah, blah, blah. However, when those insiders and outsiders are real people, with real concerns and their own ideas, living up to this idea can be a struggle. Maybe you remember the first time—the first time that you were... Read More
Do Your Volunteers Know You Care?

Do Your Volunteers Know You Care?

A few weeks ago, I sat in on staff meeting with the kid’s ministry team from my church, Cross Point in Nashville, Tenn. This is an amazing team. They lead kids ministries at six different campuses all over the greater Nashville area. But, they come together each week to meet as one team, one church body. There are so many things I would love to share from our meeting, but I would have to write a book, not a blog post. One of the ladies threw out the question, “How do our volunteers know... Read More